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Hurricane Harvey: The Salvation Army Disaster Plan; How You Can Help

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The Salvation Army of Wake County wants you to be informed about their efforts to help those in Texas. And how you can help.

At this time, offers of in-kind donations outside the disaster area are not needed.  The Salvation Army is not encouraging in-kind donation drives — at least until the storm abates and we have a better idea of the extent of the damage and key needs.  If there is a need to request in-kind goods from the general public, additional guidance will be disseminated about how to do so appropriately.

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Mobile kitchens similar to this one will soon arrive in Texas.

The Salvation Army is:

  • Deploying 42 mobile kitchens and two field kitchens to Texas. In addition to units already based in Texas, mobile kitchens from Arkansas and Oklahoma are being sent to the region over the weekend.
  • Each of these Salvation Army mobile kitchens can serve an average of 1,500 meals per day.
  • Staging emergency supplies such as cleanup kits, water, and food at its 100,000 sq. ft. disaster center in Arlington, Texas, and at points nearer to the coast.
  • Working closely with local and state emergency management officials and nonprofit partner organizations like AmeriCares (which is providing bottled water) and Midwest Food Bank (which is providing food boxes).
  • Positioning disaster leadership teams in San Antonio, Galveston/Texas City, Houston, and Corpus Christi.
  • Preparing units in Louisiana and other Gulf Coast states to respond to potential flooding from Hurricane Harvey.
  • Staffing the Texas State Operations Center in Austin, TX, and FEMA’s National Response Coordination Center in Washington, D.C.
  • The Salvation Army of Corpus Christi is concentrating their early efforts to feed 200 first-responders that are staged at the FEMA Safety Shelter.

How you can help NOW:

The following donations channels have been established to begin raising funds for this disaster:

  • Online:
  • Donate by phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY 
  • Mail checks to: The Salvation Army  PO BOX 1959  Atlanta, GA 30301  Please designate ‘Hurricane Harvey’ on all checks.
  • To receive a donation link via text: Text STORM to 51555


The Salvation Army recruits and deploys trained and screened disaster workers who are affiliated with a local Salvation Army unit. To register as a disaster worker:

If you are a new volunteer registering today, bear in mind that The Salvation Army typically uses trained disaster workers already associated with The Salvation Army FIRST.

Please reach out if you have additional questions, call 919 834.6733

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Phyllis Coley
Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

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